Two of the
fastest kite surfers in the world will be in Perth in December to
compete in the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton Kite Surfing Race.
Tourism Minister Dr Kim Hames said current and former world speed
sailing record holders Rob Douglas from the United States and Alex
Caizergues from France had entered this year’s race.
“These guys literally fly over the water and have both recorded speeds
of over 50 knots over 500 metres kite surfing, that’s more than 100
kilometres an hour,” Dr Hames said.
“Last year Alex Caizergues easily won the inaugural Red Bull Lighthouse
to Leighton Race, covering the 19 kilometres between Phillip Point at
Rottnest Island and the mainland in just 24 minutes 34 seconds.”
“But with Rob Douglas having taken the world speed record with an
astonishing average speed of 55.65 knots over 500 metres, the
competition for this year’s race will be fierce.”
This year’s field of 100 kite surfers will include 50 international and
national competitors, including members of the Red Bull and Cabrinha
The State Government, through Eventscorp, is proud to sponsor the Red
Bull Lighthouse to Leighton Kite Surfing Race for the next three years.
“Eventscorp has also commissioned the production of a half hour
television program on the 2011 race which will be broadcast nationally
and internationally,” Dr Hames said.
“This is a unique home grown event that we would hope will develop into a feature event on the world kite surfing circuit.”
· Race held on December 3, 2011
· find out more at www.lighthouse2leighton.com.au
- Janine Pittaway